Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by david3558, Feb 24, 2011.
After a thorough cleaning, um, a few thorough cleanings, my shoes look great again!
The left one kept giving me trouble just above the toe, about the creases - it would get darkened and rough and dull and be unconditionable on application of cream. I'm still not sure what happened, I think it might've been wet and not having dried out completely. What eventually solved the issue was saddle soaping all cream and polish away, letting it dry out with a shoe tree for two days, brushing on a thin layer of cream, waiting a few hours, brushing the excess away, brushing another layer on, brushing away, and repeating once more, finally polishing with a very small amount of dried-out wax. Conditioning them was completely different this time.
I think moisture was the issue somehow - the area of problem seemed to spread. The creases are probably very porous and let in moisture very easily.
Anyway, I then walked in them, brushed them off, walked in them some more, brushed some cream into the creases, brushed off, and did a super light, almost unecessary spit shine. And here they are.
On a side note: I wore them a few hours each day for three days. After that I got a quite painful inflammation in my big toe joint, just as if I had gout. I never experienced them as putting much pressure there, though, certainly not more than what you'd expect from new shoes.
Anyone had anything similar happen? It really caught me off-guard - I'm a bit more fragile than most as I suffer from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, but on the other hand I'm very used to pain - this was bad enough that I had serious trouble walking. Felt like a super-tender bruise inside the toe joint.
Whew after a month of waiting, I finally received my C&J Harrys aka Islay in a wider last. I was worried they'd be too wide as they are an F fitting but thankfully they fit perfectly.
Time to throw some conditioner on them. I can't wait for winter.
F is a regular fitting for normal people (aka Aussies, Brits Euros et al) and is half way/a tad between the US "D" normal (aka abnormal) and US "E".
Yes precisely meister. I am an US 11 E on the device and the 10.5 F fit great. I would imagine the regular Islay on the "E" fitting would've been a little narrow for my feet.
Does anyone know what last the Westminster is on and how the size conversion should be done in that last from UK to US?
I would like to get a pair of Westbourne's but ideally I would like them slightly more red, a bit closer to the AS Moore in cherry.
Could this be achieved but using a red polish?
What size did you take in these? I'm trying to decide if I should size down a half size, like most people recommend or a full.
Those specific pseudo-Islay are on a wider F last. The standard Islay on the E is fairly roomy as a country boot; I take 1 full size down from my US size and still have room to spare for thick socks.
+1 to DpprDR. My boots are on the 228 last and the islays are in the 365 last.
I ordered 1/2 size down from my normal US 11 E size as the retailer did not have it in a 10. Thankfully the length is great.
I did call the NYC C&J retail store to double check before I purchased and they advised that a half size down would be correct. Give them a ring, they wont bite.
I'd like to thank everyone who has been helping me along with my first C&J purchase. Sizing went well, a full size down and I still have room for thick socks or insoles if needed. I'm vey glad I converted to Dainite before getting them as well, much better for spring in Alaska. I love my Skyes and am very happy with my first pair of English boots. Thanks again!
These are some pics my wife emailed me of the boots after they showed up at home while I was out of town.
Finally putting my babies to sleep after half a year of great performance...
http://[/URL] Pembroke 8G on 317 last. Laces care of AFPOS
I am an 8.5E on the 348 and the Islay, though the Islays are certainly roomier than my Westbournes. I was considering an 8E, but the salesman was certain that 8.5 fit me perfectly. I have worn them about 10 times now, and he was right. For other references, I am a 9D (US size) on the Alden Barrie last (both boot and shoe), and 9.5E on the AE 5-last. Otherwise I am a 9.5D (US size) in just about everything else I wear.
I just realised that my Swanseas are dark brown burnished and my Northcotes are dark brown wax. Do I still use the same colour Pommadier cream or wax (dark brown) for both of them?
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